The NASTAR Center

Title: Chief Medical Officer
Duties: Aeromedical Physician, Medical Monitor, NASTAR Center internal IRB
Background: Dr. Richard Hamilton is the chief medical physician at the NASTAR Center. He has over 25 years experience monitoring pilots’ physiological and cognitive stresses under G and possesses deep understanding of pilot human performance. Dr. Hamilton has over 20 years working with ETC and studying the effects of human performance under G using centrifuge-based technology.
Dr. Hamilton has developed NASTAR Center procedures for the medical screening and selection of staff, subjects, and trainees and has acted as a medical monitor for hundreds of pilot/passenger simulated testing and training flights. He has monitored or man-rated a number of human centrifuges throughout the world, including the Naval Air Development Center Centrifuge in Warminster, PA, the Royal Singapore Air Force Centrifuge, Royal Korean Air Force Centrifuge, and Egyptian Air Force Centrifuge.
Dr. Hamilton sits on the NASTAR Center internal Institutional Review Board (IRB) and advises in medical and training related activities. He was part of the team that medically cleared and trained the Virgin Galactic Founders in the suborbital flight profiles. Dr. Hamilton is a published author and co-author, contributing to numerous medical papers and publications throughout his career.
Dr. Richard Hamilton has a Medical Doctorate from Hahnemann University, now Drexel University College of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hamilton completed his Post-Graduate training in Aerospace Medicine at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida and is a Designated Naval Flight Surgeon. His professional memberships include the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) and its Space Medicine Branch, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American College of Medical Toxicology.